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10-22-2013, 03:58 PM
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I'm not saying that a team should only have players that it drafted in the lineup, but i do think that your main guys should be homegrown.
Look at the #1 D and C's I listed. 11/14 were drafted by the team they won with. (Sorry if I'm off, I went off memory) I think that's pretty telling. The supporting cast can come from trades, FA, and such, but the elite should be self-drafted.
That way, you don't overpay for used-to-be elite players in FA, and your pants don't get stolen when you trade for one.
We have gone the opposite way. We have drafted supporting members, and keep trying to sign big name FA's and trade for big names to be our #1's. And I don't think it's working.
I love Cally, Hags, Step, most of our kids, Staal, Mcd (I count him as homegrown). But except for MAYBE McD, none of those should be our goto guys. We draft just well enough to have some good names, but we don't draft all that great either.
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